Did you know that up to 20% of adults will experience varicose veins in their lifetime? Varicose veins are not only unsightly, but can also cause pain, discomfort and larger health concerns when untreated. In this article, we’ll give an overview of varicose veins: what they are, what causes them and how you can manage or treat them.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, and enlarged veins, typically occurring in the legs and feet. They develop when the valves in your veins become weakened or damaged, causing blood to flow backward and pool in the veins. This pooling of blood leads to the bulging appearance of varicose veins, often accompanied by symptoms such as:

  • Aching or heaviness in the legs: People with varicose veins often report a persistent, uncomfortable sensation in their legs, especially after standing for extended periods.
  • Itching or burning sensations: Some individuals may experience itching or burning in the affected areas.
  • Leg cramps: Cramps, especially at night, can be associated with varicose veins.
  • Skin changes: Over time, the skin around varicose veins can become discolored or develop ulcers.

Causes of Varicose Veins

Understanding the causes of varicose veins can help you take preventive measures. Several factors contribute to their development:

  • Heredity: Genetics play a significant role. If your parents or grandparents had varicose veins, you're more likely to develop them.
  • Age: As you get older, the risk of developing varicose veins increases.
  • Gender: Women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men, primarily due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause.
  • Obesity: Carrying excess weight places added pressure on your veins, increasing the risk of varicose veins.
  • Prolonged standing or sitting: Jobs that require long hours of sitting or standing can contribute to the development of varicose veins.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnancy puts additional pressure on the veins in the pelvis and legs, making varicose veins more likely.

Managing Varicose Veins: Compression Therapy

Treatment for Varicose Veins at Lakeside Medicine Centre Pharmacy

If you're experiencing symptoms of varicose veins or are concerned about your vascular health, don't hesitate to consult your certified compression specialist at Lakeside Medicine Centre Pharmacy. We can provide a thorough evaluation, discuss your treatment options, and guide you toward a solution that best suits your needs.

Remember, varicose veins are a common condition, and there are effective treatments available to improve your comfort and overall well-being. Don't let varicose veins hold you back – take proactive steps to address them and enjoy a healthier, more active life!

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